Repairs On Untenantable Property


Landlord With Commercial Tenants

Do you lease offices to one or several companies? If you’re a landlord with commercial tenants who lease your property, the leasing agreement should include a repairs clause. Who is responsible for repairs? You or the tenant? Suppose the lease comes to an end and your tenant left the premises in poor conditions. Even if you’re responsible for repairs, the premises should be left in tenantable conditions.

Untenantable Premises

The lease has come to an end and your tenant left the property in an untenantable state. In order to relet the premises, you have to carry out extensive work. If you incur costs to repair damages caused by your tenant, you should be entitled to some compensation. The tenant should contribute to some of the repairs you’ve had to undertake, in order to relet the property.

What’s Expected Of The Tenant

If you think that your tenant left the premises in bad conditions, you need to first check the lease terms in relation to repairs. The expenses incurred in repairing the property should be reasonable. Any unreasonable costs should be considered and challenged. Tenants are expected to leave a property in a reasonable state, so that the landlord can relet it. If the landlord carries out repairs first, the landlord will be forced to face loss of business and unexpected expenses.

Property Value Against Repairs

The landlord needs to get the property valued against repairs to be carried out. In other words, you need to know first how much the property was worth before damages were done to the property. You then need to have an estimate of repairs needed to bring the property back to its original value. If the tenant left the property in poor conditions, with unsatisfatory electrical and mechanical systems, the tenant should pick up the bill. The courts would likely expect the tenant to compensate the landlord for loss in the property value. But bear in mind that if the landlord upgrades the property with repairs, then the courts would dismiss these expenses.

If you’re a landlord who’s been left with a property in unacceptable conditions, please get in touch with us. We can advise you on the best course of action. SG

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